Two weeks after strengthening its antispam efforts on behalf of its members, America Online said it has blocked as many as one billion spam e-mails in a single day, up from the average 780 million spam messages a day it was blocking in mid-February.
AOL said the increase came two weeks after it alerted its 35 million members about how to report spam to AOL using a special Report Spam button included in AOL's Version 8.0 software.
The company claimed has stopped an average of more than 28 junk e-mails from reaching each account each day.
AOL members are using the spam reporting button to send up to 5.5 million pieces of junk e-mail per day to AOL's antispam engineers, up from about four million per day reported less than two weeks ago.
"Our members are sending AOL a very clear message: Can the spam," AOL chairman and chief executive officer Jon Miller said.